“I want to write to you specifically to let you know what a marvellous job the barrister, Cath Urquhart, did. She was simply amazing. She is details-oriented, she knew my case inside out, she was highly analytical and she did not miss any point. She was courteous during cross questioning and remained utterly professional at all times… I cannot recommend her more highly.”
“Please allow me to express my sincere appreciation of the excellent way in which you conducted my recent case. Your initial advice was constructive and throughout you were willing to discuss and explore points with me. Your cross-examination and advocacy in Court were clear and effective. I am most grateful for the preparation and effort you put in on my behalf and that you were able to achieve such a satisfactory outcome”
Catherine joined Chambers in October 2011 after successfully completing her pupillage there and has developed a broad practice across the main areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular focus on employment, media and general common law work. She is qualified under the Public Access scheme to accept instructions directly from members of the public. Prior to coming to the Bar, Catherine worked for many years as a newspaper journalist, including ten years at The Times.
Oxford University: Modern History BA Hons (2:1)
Nottingham Trent University: LLB (First)
Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law, London: Distinction
Bar Vocational Course, Nottingham Law School: Outstanding
Middle Temple: Queen Mother Scholarship; Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize
Catherine undertakes a wide range of general civil litigation, including applications and enforcement work in the county court and High Court, and costs hearings including detailed assessments and costs budgeting. She has acted for a defendant in the High Court in proceedings for contempt of court, succeeding in having the proceedings struck out as an abuse of process. She is regularly instructed by a nationally known glazing company to both pursue and defend claims for breach of contract, and by a major utility company to defend prosecutions under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991. She has experience of road traffic and personal injury work including dealing with issues of fundamental dishonesty.
Media & sport
Recent work includes applying for an injunction over defamatory allegations posted on Facebook, and defending a client against defamation claims made by a wealthy property developer, which due to her strong advocacy and detailed pleadings she was able to settle to the client’s satisfaction. Catherine has also been instructed by a major supermarket chain to defend it from allegations of defamation and false imprisonment, and succeeded in having the claim struck out on both counts.
Property & private client
Catherine has experience of claims for possession and mortgage/rent arrears on behalf of both private and public authority landlords, and can assist in dealing with issues arising out of the failure to protect tenancy deposits. She acts for both landlords and tenants and also advises on disrepair, property ownership and ToLATA matters. She is currently instructed in a complex family dispute to assist a client who lacks capacity to recover assets that were being dissipated by her children.
Catherine appears for both claimants and respondents in the Employment Tribunal, and undertakes all types of employment work, from preliminary hearings through to multi-day final hearings at tribunals around the country: recent work has included seven-day hearings in Birmingham, Leeds and Southampton as well as numerous multi-day hearings in London and the south-east. In particular, she has experience of unfair dismissal claims (including constructive dismissal), discrimination, whistleblowing and holiday pay claims. Recent work includes successfully defending a well-know budget hotel chain from claims of maternity discrimination; achieving a generous settlement for a client found to be unfairly dismissed after more than 20 years’ service; defending a nursing agency from whistleblowing claims and resisting an appeal against a successful judgment in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Outside the employment tribunal, Catherine has appeared in front of the Nursing & Midwifery Council to defend a nurse threatened with suspension.
Catherine is the editor of the Ely Place Chambers’ Employment Update newsletter.
Employment Law Bar Association
Employment Lawyers’ Association
Public Access Bar Association
Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, manufactures and commerce (FRSA)